May 11, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—Olivier Meslay, Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute, invites the public to attend a celebration marking the opening of two major exhibitions: Picasso: Encounters and Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design. The celebration will be held Saturday, June 3 at 7 pm on the lower level of the Clark Center. An after-party will be held at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $125 ($100 Clark members) and include admission to the exhibitions, drinks, delicacies inspired by the Gilded Age, live jazz with the Aaron Dean Trio, and admission to the after-party. Tickets to the after-party only are $10 and include dancing with DJ Intell Hayesfield. There will be a cash bar. To reserve tickets for the opening celebration or the after-party, visit or call 413 458 0524.
Celebration attendees will be among the first to see the exhibitions, which open to the public on Sunday, June 4.
Picasso: Encounters explores Pablo Picasso’s (1881–1973) interest in and experimentation with large-scale printmaking throughout his career, challenging the notion of Picasso as an artist alone with his craft. The exhibition includes three paintings and thirty-five of the artist’s greatest graphic achievements.
Picasso: Encounters is organized by the Clark Art Institute, with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso–Paris. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Margaret and Richard Kronenberg and Marilyn and Ron Walter.
Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design offers new insight into painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s (1836–1912) design of an elaborate music room for the New York mansion of financier, art collector, and philanthropist Henry Gurdon Marquand (1819–1902).
Generous contributors to Orchestrating Elegance include the Gerry Charitable Trust, Sylvia and Leonard Marx and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Coby Foundation, Ltd., Jeannene Booher, Carmela and Paul Haklisch, Robert D. Kraus, and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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